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Family doctors are urging the government to 'stop criticising and to start appreciating the work they do for patients in the Midlands.'
It comes on the day the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced a Chief Inspector of GPs is to be appointed.
He also called for better 'out of hours cover' to ease the growing pressure on A & E departments.
Bernadette Garrihy, emergency medicine consultant, explains why she signed a letter with other senior West Midlands doctors, expressing concerns about patient safety in the region's A and E departments.
The pressures on A&E departments are "growing" leaving the service "closer to the cliff edge", the NHS Confederation chief executive has warned.
Mike Farrar said: "Like many hard-working frontline staff in the NHS, we have been ringing the alarm bells about urgent care services struggling to meet the demands of patients.
"The recent headlines do not lie – the pressures are growing and we are getting closer and closer to the cliff edge.
"In the last ten years, emergency admissions through A&E have increased by 51 per cent; that's an extra 1.25 million more patients going in to hospital on an unplanned basis.
"If we continue with this trend, we will see another extra half a million patients cramming into our A&E department in the next three years. This will be simply impossible for our hospital services to cope with, despite the heroic efforts of staff to date."
Senior Accident and Emergency doctors said "toxic overcrowding" and “institutional exhaustion" is putting patients lives at risk, according to a leaked letter seen by the Independent.
The crisis within A&E is now so bad that doctors cannot guarantee safe care for patients, according to the letter from 20 leaders of emergency departments from the West Midlands.
Rising numbers of patients has created a "state of crisis", the doctors said.
They wrote: “What is entirely unacceptable is the delivery of unsafe care, but that is now the prospect we find ourselves facing on too frequent a basis.”